Here are the alleged rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their page.
2. Proudly display the award banner on your page.
3. List 11 facts about yourself.
4. Answer the questions the award giver asks you and make 11 more for your nominees.
5. List your nominees.
(i) I hardly ever watch TV; my favourite programme is Knightmare, and there's only been one new episode of that since 1994. Apart from individual episodes of things, I can't keep still watching TV and I don't like channel-surfing.
(ii) I don't like being categorised according to BD/SM terms but I occasionally refer to myself as a switch even though I don't actually switch during sex.
(iii) I play the guitar, the violin and various types of percussion, but I've never gotten any further than grade 4 on any instrument; however, I have played in many more bands than people I know who can play proficiently have.
(iv) I put a slash in the middle of "BD/SM" do differentiate between "B/D", "D/S" and "S/M", all of which I've seen with a slash dividing them. It's multipurpose punctuation!
(v) I'm a genius. I was diagnosed with a high IQ when I was very young and I never had problems with anything academic - even maths, which was by far my weakest subject. The upshot of this being that I was bullied for being clever, oversensitive because apparently that's something that happens to clever people, and still get easily frustrated with things.
(vi) I have, in the past, written a lot of lesbian erotica, always from a girl's perspective, but it's not something I've ever felt compelled to finish or go anywhere with.
(vii) Although I'm quite good with words, sometimes I find it hard to articulate what I want or what I feel because of the way my brain works. I can get easily upset if I feel someone isn't listening - even if they are and just can't understand what I mean!
(viii) I'm very affectionate to everyone - friends, partners and even strangers or colleagues. This doesn't mean that I have any sexual designs on anyone (I'm the least threatening boy I know), but it can surprise people as to how much I seem to like hugs, a hand on the shoulder or even a fist bump as a greeting.
(ix) I don't own any consoles that aren't made by Nintendo and I rarely emulate anything that isn't by Nintendo either.
(x) The most sexual discoveries I've had about myself have always been in periods when I haven't been having sex. I had a long period between 2003 and 2007 when I didn't have any sex at all and I discovered, in that time, exactly what worked for me and what didn't. Had it not been for that long period, I'd be a very different ILB and may not even be writing ILB at all!
(xi) I still haven't heard every song by James. Every now and again I catch one I haven't heard before, but as they've been going since 1978, it's very difficult to get to listen to absolutely everything.
And now for the 11 questions:
1. What's your favourite colour?
Blue - well, it's my blog layout colour scheme, for a start. I like darker blues mostly, like royal, marine, fisherman's, navy. I once painted my bedroom in a shade called "blue jive", which was my favourite of about four thousand I tried. Well, I say I painted it - I went to camp and my parents did so. It was blue jive for years afterwards.
2. Where's the weirdest place you've had sex?
I'm not sure as I haven't exactly had sex in many varied places, although I really want to. I think probably sex in a jacuzzi is about as outlandish as I've gotten, although I once had sex in a disabled bathroom, and that's pretty strange. (There isn't anything else I can think of!)
3. Is there a book that changed your life? What is it and why?
So many books. I love books. They have completely turned my life upside down and it's impossible to name just one that's had a bigger influence on me than any other. I'll go for a few: Lord of the Flies, my favourite book and a great example of contemporary fiction; the Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Divergent series for restoring my faith in YA throughout the years; Quiver by Kevin Smith as it really revived Green Arrow; everything by Shakespeare except Romeo and Juliet; and Girl with a One-Track Mind, for obvious reasons.
4. What's the oddest thing a complete stranger has said to you?
"Excuse me, can I kiss you, please? On the lips? Just quickly?" has to be one of the strangest ones - both because it was a stranger and because it's nigh-on unfathomable to believe that anyone would actually want to kiss me. I believe it may have been a dare - "go and kiss that loner in the corner and I'll buy you a beer" or something.
I've got a story about being asked an odd question about someone I sort of knew, rather than a stranger: shortly after being dumped by Rebecca, one of her friends named Kate (her initials were K.A.T.E.) asked me the question "would you go out with me? be my slut baby! lol", which is odd since I've no idea what a slut baby is. I said yes, actually, but that didn't actually end up happening; I've no idea if she was serious or not!
5. What's your favourite place on your body to be kissed?
On my neck because it's an erogenous zone; on my lips because I can reciprocate; on my back because it's a source of irritation to me, and on my nipple if I'm about to orgasm (but never at any other point and especially if I'm not aroused!). But I'll take your kisses wherever you want to plant one - I like them!
6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Bath or Bristol, or Nottingham, Manchester, Brighton, London... somewhere here in the UK. Heck, SH is nice enough - it's just overcrowded with my parents here! A lot of my friends - ones I met recently, actually - have been pretty nomadic and travelled around before attempting to put down roots, or continually drift between countries, stopping occasionally due to visa or family shenanigans.
Wherever I end up, it has to have an Internet connection and some bathroom access and I'm sorted... at least for a while, anyway!
7. Are you a cat person or a dog person?
A cat person who actually owns a cat. Willow has been very fussy recently and we only discovered it was due to an abnormally high number of fleas the other day. We've administered some treatment and made a fuss of her and now she follows us around everywhere and sleeps on our bed both day and night, so essentially we have a daughter now.
8. Do you have a celebrity crush?
No - I never have and I never will. I hate celebrity crushes for the simple reason that they put forward the message that your actual SO isn't good enough.
9. Boobs or bum?
Boobs on a girl; bums on a boy, although that can always change depending on who and in what context!
10. If you could do any job in the world, what would it be?
Comedian/satirist - the sort of guy who gets onto comedy panel shows and so forth. Failing that, some sort of sex educator or sex-positive activist. Failing that, a writer and journalist, maybe focusing on video games or music, maybe theatre, maybe relationships and sex. Failing that, a novelist. A singer/songwriter. A dancer. A comics writer. A superhero. You know, I have a lot of impossible dreams; many are uncertain and none are attainable! I do most of the above things as hobbies and that's my problem!
The job I've got at the moment is one that I actually do quite like (and I'm apparently pretty good at), and it's the first time I've actually liked a job, really - but the pay is terrible and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere, which is another problem. I just need to accept that I'll never reach true happiness and that'll all be okay.
11. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I enjoy a lot of things about blogging! I like the open platform, the unrestricted freedoms and the opportunity to share your words, thoughts, ideas and opinions with the world. I like the fact that people read and that I hope maybe I have influenced at least one person at some time or another! I like the multitude of blogs out there and the links that we share. I like the way everyone does things a little differently. I like the fact that I can talk about sex!
The thing I like the most about blogging, however, has to be the community spirit. I can't imagine a life without it; I've been blogging in some form or another since 2001 and I haven't stopped yet. Without it, I wouldn't have the friends, events or life I have now. I wouldn't have had a girlfriend at all, as far as I'm concerned, anyway! The people who write the words make blogging so fun, so I'll go for that.
I'm not sure I can think of any nominees, hardly eleven! But I'll nominate some people, who can ignore these if they wish:
a) Horny Geek Girl, because I love her writing and want to know more about her!
b) Emma Whispers, because she hasn't touched her blog for ages!
c) Bunny White, as this sort of thing would fit quite well on her blog...
d) Naked Cyclist from LLL, because he needs more recognition!
e) Rose, just to see if she will!
And here are eleven questions:
一 Why did you decide to start a sex blog, in five words or less?
二 What's your favourite subgenre of porn, if you have one, and why? Give us an example.
三 British music or American music?
四 Think of an adjective to describe your best orgasms.
五 Hold it now, and watch me hoodwink; does it make you stop, think?
六 Have you ever seen an episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? What did you think of it?
七 If you had to choose one single sex act for the rest of your life, which can't be penetrative sex, what would it be?
八 Faith, hope or charity?
九 If you want to be horny, what's the first thought that pops into your head? Why specifically that one?
十 Are you, have you ever been, or were you raised as, a follower of a religious or spiritual belief?
十一 Complete the following quote however you wish: "Disturb not the harmony of fire, ice and lightning, lest these titans wreak destruction upon the world in which they clash. Though the water's great guardian shall arise to quell the fighting, alone its song shall fail: thus the Earth shall turn to ash. Oh, chosen one, bring together these treasures three: their power combined tames..."
These are fun questions! You can answer them if you want, even if I haven't nominated you!